I was conversing with a colleague of mine on the subject matter of faculty development. Over the years, I have personally needed much development. Professionally, I feel that one of the greatest barriers to higher levels of care is the lack of development time built in to the average person’s work week. This leads the professional to choose between personal life and professional development. Which do you think most often would be chosen?
What would it look like if 4 hours a months were built into a work week for development? I understand that some go to week long conferences. But, even then, how much is being used to develop the professional? If I take just one thing back from a conference, I think I’m doing good. But, if I had the slow, steady change of more frequent development time, what would be the effects?
Many systems seem to be okay with the product that they produce. But, the most successful companies don’t rest on their laurels. They continually ask, “How can we improve?” and “How do we know we are doing our best?” [This continuous improvement is only one aspect of a professional.]
The tension between good enough and continuous improvement will also exist. What is one thing that could do today to set you on a path to improve for tomorrow?